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Junior/ Assistant Architect/Engineer -Basrah -Contract Through Third Party- BAG-22-CLT-0008


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Basrah

Classification of duty station: Basrah

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Equivalent to SC 3

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-July-2022


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The UNESCO Office in Iraq is implementing the project “Reviving Mosul and Basra Old City” whose aim is to foster resilience, social cohesion and reconciliation through the creation of job opportunities and the rehabilitation of urban cultural heritage in Mosul and Basra.


The project is funded by the European Union and is being implemented within the framework of the Revive the Spirit of Mosul flagship initiative launched by UNESCO in February 2018. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to economic recovery and social cohesion through the creation of decent jobs the in re-construction of historical urban centres of Mosul and Basra. In addition to the rehabilitation of the built heritage, the “Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities” project focuses on skills development and the revival of the cultural life by promoting art and artists, books and literature, crafts and cultural events. 


The project is in line with Old Basra Conservation and Development Plan elaborated between 2016 and 2018 under the aegis of the EU’s Local Area Development Program (LAPD II). It is the first project document to display an approach centred on the Urban Heritage of the Old City promoting both its conservation and development.  It provides comprehensive information about Basra’s historic area, puts forward a clear analysis of its problems and proposes a series of actions to salvage and protect a rapidly disappearing Heritage. It was discussed and approved by the various institutional and community stakeholders and, as such, constitutes a clear road map for further conservation and rehabilitation interventions.


Within this framework, UNESCO is implementing three sub-projects having to do with the tangible heritage of the Old City of Basra: (i) the conservation/rehabilitation of 3 publicly owned and architecturally significant houses along the Al-Ashar Canal; (ii) the conservation and rehabilitation of a cluster of 9 “Shanasheel” houses; and (iii) the rehabilitation of the section of the Al-Ashar Canal located in the Old City and its bridges.

Duties and responsibilities


Under the overall authority of the Head of the UNESCO Iraq Office, the overall guidance of the Head of Culture and of the Senior Architect Advisor, and the direct supervision of the Basra Team leader, the Junior Architect will be based in Basra governorate and will assist the Site Architect/Engineer supervising the rehabilitation works on heritage buildings in Basra.

Specifically, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and be responsible for:


1)    Assisting the site Architect/Engineer in the supervision of construction works. 
2)    Ensuring the proper and accurate recording of construction data and regular reporting (daily logbook).
3)    Assisting the site Architect/Engineer in keeping track of the works completed by the Contractor(s).
4)    Liaising with UNESCO TVET colleagues to facilitate the employment of UNESCO TVET graduates in the rehabilitation projects.
5)    Monitoring that the Contractor(s) are fulfilling their record-keeping and reporting obligations related to the integration of TVET trainees and young community workers.
6)    Ensuring the record-keeping, safekeep and orderly archiving of the documentation pertaining to the works:  Logbook (copy), Instructions to the Contractor, RFI, approvals or rejections of Submittals, results of Tests, photos of mock-ups, Health and Safety issues, Reports, Meeting minutes, etc.
7)    Updating drawings during the works and issuing the as built set of drawings at the end of the works.
8)    Attending on-site meetings between the UNESCO monitoring staff or UNESCO management and the Contractor(s) as required by the site Engineer/Architect.
9)    Contributing to the promotion and divulgation of UNESCO activities in Basra.
10)    Performing other tasks assigned by UNESCO.


Expected results and duration of the assignment

•    Expected results:

Weekly progress reports summarizing the construction activities completed and the activities ongoing.  Reports will include: (i) assessment of whether progress is in line with the accepted work-plan; (ii) photos of the ongoing works; (iii) test results (if any). Reports will be written in English.


Archived and organized documentation of the works: Instructions to the Contractor (Logbook), Change Orders, Record of submittals, Test results, Documents provided by the contractor (Technical data sheets, addresses of suppliers, instruction manuals of equipment, etc.).
Forms tracking the labour employed by the Contractor in the execution of the works.
Quantity surveys to establish payments to the Contractor.


•    Expected time-limited duration of the assignment
The duration of this contract is of minimum 7 months with 3 months probationary period. 

Organizational Environment and Partnership

 Organizational Environment and Partnership

Under the overall authority of the Head of the UNESCO Iraq Office, the overall guidance of the Head of Culture and of the Senior Architect Advisor, and the direct supervision of the Basra Team leader, the Junior Architect will be based in Basra governorate and will assist the Site Architect/Engineer supervising the rehabilitation works on heritage buildings in Basra.


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


1.    Academic qualifications

•    BA/BS in architecture/engineering.
•    Courses or training in conservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historical buildings. 
•    Work experience in architecture/construction.


2.    Language requirement

•    Native Arabic speaker – oral, written, comprehension. 
•    Fluent in English – oral, written, comprehension.


3.    Competencies and Skills

•    Excellent working knowledge of Autocad and Office applications; (MS office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams); Photoshop and other graphic software.
•    Organization and recordkeeping.
•    Proven ability to exercise initiative and resourcefulness necessary for prioritizing tasks.
•    Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Solid skills in analyzing and consolidating various sources of information and synthesizing the information effectively in written reports.



•    Previous experience working in the City of Basrah .
•    Previous experience with UN and/or other International organizations 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


“UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.”

“UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process”.